ABC’s of a great weekend: Alchool, Bread, & Cheese

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This is one of my favorite things to cook when I am in the mood to really EAT!  I’ll give you the exact recipe and then add some tips at the bottom, enjoy!

*Recipe can be found at cooks.com

Gusty Cheddar Fondue 

  • 1 lb. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  •  1 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
  • Dash cayenne
  • 3/4 c. beer
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Preparation

In bowl, combine cheese, flour, mustard and cayenne; mix thoroughly. In fondue pot, combine beer and Worcestershire sauce. Set temperature at 375 degrees and heat until bubbling. Gradually add cheese mixture and stir constantly until cheese melts and mixture is smooth, about 5 minutes. Reduce temperature to 200 degrees and serve.

Tips:

  1. You can buy any kind of bread you like, but I enjoy going to Panera and buying 1 loaf of the Asiago Demi and one loaf of the Focaccia.  Make sure to tell them to cut it into thin or think slices (whichever you prefer).  When you get home cut the slices into cubes and you are ready to go.
  2. Vegetables and fruit are another alternative as well (trust me, the bread is better)
  3. Any beer will work.  At the world famous Melting Pot they use Milwaukee’s Best and it tastes great.  I would love for someone to use Bud Light Lime to see how the lime flavor works with the other ingredients.  We typically use a Sam Adams Ale because we enjoy it a little heavier.  This is where you can get creative or be resourceful, it is up to you.
  4. Everyone should have a good Olive Oil somewhere in the kitchen.  Pour a good amount into a bowl and add some of your favorite spices (rosemary, thyme, oregano, etc.) Mix up and serve with the bread as well.

This is a great recipe to use if you want to have a beer tasting at your house.  Feel free to change up the recipe and use other cheeses, beer, and spices.  I can’t wait to hear what you all think!

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